March 22, 2010
Student Visa Fraud Scheme Discovered in California
As part of an ongoing investigation involving a student visa fraud
scheme, ICE, the FBI, and the LAPD combined efforts and resources
resulting in a California man being charged with conspiring to commit
visa fraud, and 16 foreign students being arrested.
According to ICE, the defendant and associates obtained student visas
for foreign nationals from Lebanon, Kuwait, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE
by taking required exams and English proficiency tests and completing
class assignments for them after obtaining counterfeit California
driver’s licenses using the individuals’ personal information and posing
as them in classes and at exam sites.
The California defendant faces up to five years in prison, while ten of
the arrested students are being charged criminally for visa fraud, with
the other six being placed in removal proceedings for administrative
ICE has stated that the investigation of this conspiracy, first started
in January of 2002, remains ongoing.
The complete ICE press release can be viewed